Philip K. Dick wrote When Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, which was made into the movie Bladerunner. This is a comic by Robert Crumb telling the story of what sounds like a schizophrenic episode near the end of Philip K. Dick's life.
Telemarketers make use of a telescript - a guideline for a telephone conversation. This script creates an imbalance in the conversation between the marketer and the consumer. It is this imbalance, most of all, that makes telemarketing successful. The EGBG Counterscript attempts to redress that balance.
Daniel Eatock is a designer and artist who specialises in making connections in a Malcolm Gladwellesque way (I read a review of Blink and I've taken the liberty of making the association). His work is full of clever thinking and balancing acts - both metaphorical and literal.
I'm not sure how to describe this. Here's a start: SocialFiction.org is a nexus of BacterioPoetics, or automatic writing. It's a hallucinogenic experience jumping around the site digesting bits of it - something like William S. Burroughs genetically bonded with open source Dadaism. Admittedly it's not an easy read... The following are some of the bits that made some sense to me, to varying degrees:
This coffe table was constructed from the intestines of some computer storage thingy from around the 70's [ well obviously] But what I want to know is,where did it come from and where is all the rest of that stuff hiding.. Link
Isn't this the beginning of a Douglas Coupland novel?
About ten days ago, a mysterious radio signal around Ottawa, Canada
began blocking the operation of hundreds of garage door openers.
(Background here.) On Thursday, the garage doors began working again. From CBC News:
The powerful radio signal causing the problem stopped
transmitting on Thursday afternoon, around the time CBC News contacted
the U.S. Embassy to ask if it knew anything about it.
The embassy categorically denies that it had anything to do with it.
The signal was being transmitted at 390 megahertz, a U.S. military
frequency used by the Pentagon's new Land Mobile Radio System. The same
frequency is used by garage doors openers, which started to malfunction
around the city about almost two weeks ago. A similar problem has
popped up around military bases in the States.